Mississippi governor to sign ‘Buddy’s Law,’ requiring mental evaluations for kids who abuse animals

JACKSON, Miss. — It’s a big day for animal rights in Mississippi.

State governor Tate Reeves will sign Buddy’s Law, a bill concerning underage children who commit acts of cruelty on animals.

The new law will require the minors to undergo a mental evaluation, according to a post from the Tunica County Humane Society.

The humane society has played a massive role in the rescue and rehabilitation of Buddy, a dog found in Tate County after being set on fire.

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A representative from the humane society will attend the ceremony at the governor’s office for the signing.

Senator Angela Hill, the original author of the bill, wanted the humane society to be recognized for their efforts to save Buddy’s life, the post said.

Buddy will even attend the ceremony, along with Dr. Lisa Godfrey and Dr. Betsy Swanson.

Dr. Swanson opened her home up to Buddy as a foster.

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Authorities said Buddy was set on a fire by a 12-year-old boy in April 2021.

Due to the boy’s age, he could not be prosecuted.

The dog’s face was badly burned, and he underwent skin graft treatments using codfish skin.

He has continued to recover well, with humane society officials posting regular updates on his health and progress.

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